I grew up in Surrey, the eldest child of parents who were both migrants from the big city; my father from inner London and my mother from Glasgow.
My sister was born two years later, and my brother – by accident – when I was eight. My father worked in a factory making boxes for aeroplane parts. It was not at all a bookish household, but books became my joy and my refuge as soon as I could read.
From the local village school, I went on to the grammar school in Woking, and then to Girton College, Cambridge, where I studied Archaeology and Anthropology.
In January 2017, Orenda Books published Su's debut novel, Sealskin, a work of fiction set in the Hebrides that is a re-working of the Scottish legend of the selkies, or seals, who can turn in to people. Of it, novelist Jane Johnson says, "I love books in which magic takes on a gritty reality and Sealskin is just such a book. Dark and brooding and half-familiar, the tale steals over you 'till you're half-in, half-out of a dream."
Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake said of Sealskin, "An evocative story, told with skill and beauty, that held me spellbound until the very last page."
The Hanging Tree author Allan Massie said, "Sealskin is an accomplished and intelligent novel, a fine piece of craftsmanship and a pleasure to read."
Recently, Su sat down with author Elizabeth Ducie for a chat. To read the interview, please click here.
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